Resources & Forms
Mr. Pat Payne
Supervisor of Transportation
The Carmel Central School District maintains and operates a fleet of 108 buses, which includes 66 passenger buses, 30 passenger buses, various sized vehicles including vans and passenger wheelchair buses. Each year, the fleet logs more than 1,300,000 miles. The District transports children to over 31 different instructional facilities daily. This includes local public schools as well as BOCES or nonpublic programs. State law requires that districts transport students to nonpublic schools which are a maximum of 15 miles from their residence. Transportation is vital the operation of the school district. Over 4,700 public and non-public school students are transported daily to and from school. The Board of Education policy on transportation states that 'it shall be provided to resident students who live at least 0.7 miles from the school they attend or 0.7 miles from a regular bus stop, to a maximum of 15 miles.
Where do you go with a transportation question or concern?
Concerns or questions regarding your child’s transportation experience should be directed first to the Supervisor of Transportation, Mr. Pat Payne (845 225-3200). If more information is needed or you still have questions and/or concerns, you may want to contact the Assistant Superintendent for Business, Mr. Eric Stark (845 878-2094, ext. 215).
If you feel your questions and/or concerns have not been adequately addressed at the preceding levels, the next step would be to attend a meeting of the Board of Education’s Facilities and Transportation Committee. Committee meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month prior to regular Board of Education meetings. Please consult the online school calendar for actually dates, times, and locations.
Safety is Our First Priority
Bus Identification System
Specific numbers identifies routes. The route number will be displayed on a card located on the windshield of the bus. (The number of the bus is no longer used for identification.) Please be sure your child is aware of this route identification system.
Transportation Requests for Private Schools
Transportation Requests for childcare transportation and transportation to private schools must be made in writing by April 1. If the parent or guardian of a child does not live in the district on April 1, he/she must submit a written request within 30 days after establishing residence in the district. Requests made after April 1 may be granted, subject to available space, provided that granting the request would not add to transportation costs. The childcare facility and/or private school must be within the school district and within the attendance area of the school the child will attend. Transportation must be from the same location each morning and back to the same location each afternoon. Transportation to and from different locations, depending on the day of the week, cannot be permitted. Private School Transportation Requests for transportation to private and parochial schools must be made to our transportation office in writing by April 1 of each year. If a request is made after April 1,the district consider the request and will provide the transportation only if it can be done at no additional cost to the district.